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Canada criticized over its pro-Israel stand

A picture taken from the northern Israel-Gaza border shows Israeli Light flares above Palestinian houses in the northern Gaza strip on July 24, 2014Four hundred and eighty academics, lawyers, community activists and others criticized Canada’s government for taking a decisively pro-Israel position amid the current conflict in the Gaza Strip, saying it “discredits Canada.” In an open letter published in the daily Globe and Mail, they said they “are profoundly perturbed by the unbalanced and partisan position adopted by the Canadian government and federal political parties regarding the current violence in Gaza.” They noted that official statements have “focused exclusively on denouncing Hamas’s rocket strikes and uncritically proclaiming Israel’s right to self-defence.” The group acknowledged that “Hamas’s indiscriminate rocket firings are illegal under international law” but added that “Israel is still bound by basic international humanitarian law principles protecting civilians during times of war and prohibiting collective punishment.”

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